Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 1, 2013 ASQ Lean & Six Sigma Conference

Hello from sunny Phoenix!  First day of the conference is starting off with a great keynote.

Dr. Jeff Liker talked about the cultural underpinnings of Toyota and how it leads to their success today and identifying the key leadership aspects that makes Toyota and their Production System a world class leader.  Some interesting takeaways:
  • Lean and Six Sigma methodologies are culturally similar in that both have a goal of reducing variation. One is not better than the other; each have their own challenges based on culture. 
  • A major tenet of the Toyota Production System is Dr. Deming's PDCA cycle.  
Dr. Liker wrapped up his talk with the basic leadership tenets of Toyota:

I sit down with afternoon keynoter Jim Bowie and Michael Levy, Deployment Leader @ US Marine Corps to discuss Lean Six Sigma Deployment with the Department of Defense

Some ASQ celebrities here:  5 present or past ASQ chairmen.  Two ASQ editors!
Here is Jim Bossert, ASQ editor for the Six Sigma Forum Magazine, and Seiche Sanders, editor of Quality Progress, both always looking for contributors to their publications.  I had an opportunity to briefly talk to Seiche about Quality Progress.

Three other podcasts that you might be interested in.

I even had the opportunity to talk to Jan Pease, chair-elect for the ASQ Service Quality Division.  Here is a short blurb about SQD's upcoming conference in October. 

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